September 18 – November 17, 2019
1, 2, 3F Art Sonje Center
Art Sonje Center proudly presents the exhibition iwillmedievalfutureyou1 from September 18 to November 17, 2019.
Curated by Jacob Fabricius, Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, the exhibition presents a narrative of the future based on the fantasies and strangeness of the times we live in today and images of a dystopian reality. With 21 participating artists, the exhibition shares works from a wide range of media including video, installation, drawing, and sound.
iwillmedievalfutureyou1 examines humanity today and reflects on the primitive or unsettling undercurrents of our present and future times. This is represented through forms such as altered human bodies separated from their heads or combined with other life forms, or through the depiction of contemporary irrationality, violence, and desire. The artists participating in this exhibition examines human bodies that have been weakened and stripped of power by technology and shape them into new, post-human forms. Addressing different types of human conditions, they connect the resulting chaos and instability with the face of our society today.
Recalling an incantation summoning forth a new “dark ages,” the exhibition title disrupts our perceptions of linear time as it merges past and future. The exhibition looks at the temporal disconnect that we perceive as a result – raising the question of whether we can actually confront an “old future” or “new past.”
The current exhibition is the fourth in a series of ten identically titled events to be held over the course of a century; it follows iwillmedievalfutureyou4 (2016), iwillmedievalfutureyou5 (2016), and iwillmedievalfutureyou6 (2018). Art Sonje Center has been cooperating with Kunstal Aarhus since 2017 on various programs including exhibitions and publications.
Jeremy Blake, Che Go Eun, Yun Choi, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Michel Houellebecq, Will Benedict & Steffen Jørgensen, Kang Jungsuck, Mire Lee, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Gerhard Nordström, Rolf Nowotny, Aniara Omann, Ovartaci, Artavazd Pelechian, Ali Akbar Sadeghi, Mark von Schlegell, Aphex Twin, Peter Wächtler and Magnus Wallin
Opening reception 2019.9.17 (Tue), 5pm